31. People put hot air into the ball because ______.
A. the weather was very cold B. hot air is lighter than cold air
C. people inside needed to keep warm D. they had to put something inside the ball
32. Who made the first real plane?
A. Igor Sikorsky. B. Orville and Wilbur Wright. C. Montgolfier brothers. D. John Alcock and Arthur Whiteen Brown.
33. When was Concorde made?
A. In 1969. B. In 1949. C. In 1919. D. In 2003.
34. How do you understand the title of the reading ―Flying through Time‖?
A. The future of the plane. B. A journey by plane.
C. A brief（简要的） history of flight. D. The importance of flight.
A jobless man wanted very much to have the position of ―office boy‖ at Microsoft. The HR manager interviewed him and then watched him cleaning the floor as a test. ―You have passed the test,‖ he said. ―Give me your e-mail address and I‘ll send you the form to fill in and the date when you may start.‖ The man replied, ―But I don‘t have a computer , neither an e-mail.‖ ―I‘m sorry,‖ said the HR manager. ―If you don‘t have an e-mail, that means you are not living. And anyone who isn‘t living cannot have the job.‖
The man left with no hope at all. He didn‘t know what to do with only $10 in his pocket. He thought and thought. Then he went to the supermarket and bought 10 kilos of tomatoes. He sold the tomatoes from door to door. In less than two hours, he had 20 dollars. He repeated the operation three times, and started to go early every day, and returned home late. Shortly, he bought a cart , then a truck, then he had his own fleet of delivery vehicles (运货车队). Five years later, the man was the one of the largest food retailers (零售商)in the US.One day, one of his friends asked him for his e-mail. He said, ―I haven‘t got one.‖
His friend couldn‘t believe his ears. ―Can you imagine what you could have been if you had an e-mail?‖ The man thought for a while and replied, ―Yes, I‘d be an office boy at Microsoft.‖
35. The man didn‘t get the job because he _______________________.
A .disliked the job B. didn‘t pass the test
C. didn‘t have an e-mail D .knew nothing about computers
36．Why could the man become one of the largest food retailers in the US?
A. Because he had many friends to help him.
B. Because he was smart and worked very hard.
C. Because he had his own fleet of delivery vehicles.
D. Because he wanted to show Microsoft he was living.
37．What does the story want to tell us?
A. Computers are very important in our daily life.
B. Everyone can make a lot of money with only $10.
C. The HR manager didn‘t find the ability of the man.
D. Nothing in the world is impossible if we work hard.
I once experienced an unforgettable trip to Gloucester to see some of the world‘s most beautiful
and exciting animals in their own habitat, the North Atlantic Ocean.
After a long trip by bus, we got on the ship. After a while, we stopped and everyone began to shout because we saw a humpback whale（座头鲸）. It was wonderful. Sometimes, whales came so close to the ship that you thought you could easily touch them.
While we were watching the whales, a guide was giving us some information about them, She told us that we saw only two kinds of whales--- 50-foot humpback whales (singing whales) and 70-foot finback whales(the second largest whales on earth). She also said we could easily recognize a whale by its tail because every whale
has a different kind of tail just like people have different fingerprints.
They all have names, and on this trip we saw ―Salt‖ and ―Pepper‖, two whales named by a biologist and a fisherman. They were swimming together all the time.
I took twenty-seven photos, but it was very hard to take them because the whales were quick and stayed on the surface of the ocean just for a short time. something. It was one of the chances that a person hardly ever experiences in life, but I had that chance.
38. This passage is mainly about _________________.
A. an unforgettable experience in the forest
B. an unforgettable trip to see some strange animals in the mountains
C. a long trip on the ship
D. an unforgettable trip to watch whales
39 . Everyone on the ship began to shout because_____________.
A. a whale came so close to the ship
B. they saw a singing whale
C. they saw a finback whale
D. they could touch the whale
40. When they were watching the whales, __________________.
A .some of them fed the whales
B. they found several kinds of whales
C. a guide told them something about the whales
D. some of them took many photos and touched the whales
41 . The world ―It‖ in the last paragraph means ________.
A .The photo B. The whale C. Taking photos of the whales D.
D I tried to do my best to talk to him. But he didn‘t talk anything with me and even with others. When his report card arrived during his junior year, it said that he had been absent 95 times from classes and had six failing grades for the year. At this rate he would never graduate. I sent him to the school adviser, and I even begged him. Nothing worked.
One night I felt so powerless that I got down on my knees and prayed. ―Please God, I can‘t do anything more for my son. whole thing up to you.‖
I was at work when I got a phone call. A man introduced himself as the headmaster. ―I want to talk to you about Karl‘s absences.‖ Before he could say another word, I choked up(哽咽) and all my disappointment and sadness over Karl came pouring out into the ears of this stranger. ―I love my son but I just don‘t know what to do. I‘ve tried everything to get Karl to go back to school and nothing has worked. It‘s out of my hands.‖ For a moment there was silence on the other end of the line. The headmaster seriously said, ―Thank you for your time‖, and hung up.
Karl‘s next report card showed a surprising improvement in his grades. Finally, I noticed that his teachers were surprised at his great progress. On our way home, he said, ―Mum, remember that call from the headmaster last year?‖ I nodded. ―That was me. I thought I‘d play a joke but when I heard what you said, it really hit me how much I was hurting you. That‘s when I knew I had to make you proud.‖
42. By saying ―Karl became withdrawn‖, the author means that the boy changed completely and _____.
A. preferred to stay alone at home B. became sad all day
C. refused to talk to others D. began to dislike his mother
43. The underlined sentence ―I‘m at the end of my rope‖ means __________.
A. I have no more methods to deal with my son‘s problem.
B. My rope has been used up.
C. I have no more strength to do anything more.
D. I‘m in danger of falling down.
44. The sentence ―…he even made the honor roll‖ means ―______.‖
A. he was even on the list of students who had been asked to speak before the others.
B. he was even on the list of students who got punishment
C. he was even on the list of students who had turned themselves around
D. he was even on the list of the best students in grades at school
45. Karl made great progress because___________________
A. God helped him.
B. The school adviser talked with him many times.
C. His mother begged him.
D. He realized that he had to make his mother proud of him.
Suppose you work in a big firm and find English very important for your job because you often deal with foreign businessmen. Now you are looking for a place where you can improve your English. Here are some advertisements about English language training from newspapers. You may find the information you need.
31. Mr. White works in the daytime every day and the place he will choose is _____.
A. Global English Center B. Modern Language School
C. The 21st Century English Training Center D. The International House of English
32. The 21st Century English Training Center is different from the other three. It_______.
A. has a language lab and computers B. has more experienced teachers
C. offers morning or afternoon classes D. requires an entrance exam
33. If you want to attend the course at the International House of English, you‘ll pay about
A. 1,200 yuan B. 1,600 yuan C. 1,500 yuan D. 1,800 yuan
I love it at night. It‘s peaceful. And when it cools down I
sometimes do some ironing. I don‘t really care for it. I work
full-time and I‘m too busy for most housework. I remember the
old woman who taught me to iron. I was about 15 and I had to
get a job taking care of a woman to make a living. She had been
an able-bodied, healthy woman until the accident that caused her
The woman sat in an electric wheelchair all day. She could
only move her head and arms. She would tell me how to do things. She would teach me in great detail on the correct ways to do things. Her home was perfect and beautiful. She would follow me around in her electric wheelchair to make sure I did everything exactly right. I‘m sure she had been a perfect homemaker. She would have me fold（折叠）everything, including socks. I would complain silently and wish terrible things on her. She taught me the right way to make the bed. I know sometimes she‘d get frustrated (沮丧) and impatient with me. I knew she wanted to do it herself. But she never shouted or scolded. She only insisted I do it right. I didn‘t like it much, but I did it.
Today I can iron pretty well. I know where to start on a shirt and the right way to do the trousers. Now when I think about it, I don‘t think she is an old lady. I think she might have been about my age now. Anyway, when I iron, I think of her and silently
thank her for all the things I learned.
34. The writer used to take care of the lady because ______.
A. she wanted to learn to do housework B. she was a friend of the lady‘s
C. she had to earn some money D. she couldn‘t find a room to live in
35. The underlined word ?paralyzed‘ in the first paragraph may mean ?__________‘.
A. destroyed B. deaf C. seriously ill D. unable to walk
36. The little girl was _________when the lady taught her how to do housework.
A. encouraged to learn B. unwilling to learn
C. delighted to learn D. recommended to learn
37. Now the writer _____________.
A. is still afraid of the lady B. hates the strict lady
C. admires the disabled lady D. is very grateful to the lady
The high school years are a key period. The things we learn during this time
really shape our lives. Liu Changming, principal of Beijing No. 4 High School made 18 suggestions for students just starting high school on how to get the best out of high school. Here are ten of them.
1） Read 50 books. But choose them from ten different fields.
2） Help a person. Look for a classmate, an elderly person, in fact anyone who could benefit（获益） from your help. You‘ll find you benefit too!
3）Research. Research a particular area, such as science, history or art.
4）Make a foreign friend. Try to befriend someone from a foreign country. It‘s an ideal way to learn about a foreign country.
5） Publish（出版） an article. Whether it appears in a newspaper, your school magazine or in your own blog, an article will be something to look back on in pride in later years.
6）Take up a new sport. Choose one you‘ve never played before. If you find you like it, you‘ll have a hobby for life.
7）Join a club. Working hard in a club or other activities will give you a life outside of your studies.
8）Find a part-time job. Try and do the job for at least a month.
9）Find a person to learn from. Choose someone with unusual experience or special talent. Try to learn all you can from him or her.
10）Learn to cook four Chinese dishes. Learning how to cook is not only a practical skill but a way of building a bridge to other people.
38. According to the passage, by making a foreign friend you can _______.
A. learn about another culture B. practice spoken English
C. discuss the international situation D. share your happiness and sadness
39. Besides learning a practical skill, another purpose of learning to cook is
A. to help your parents with housework B. to kill time
C. to have communication with others D. to make friends
40. Which of the following statements is True according to the passage?
A. You should read fifty books of the same field.
B. Do a part-time job for less than a month.
C. Try to publish an article to make you famous.
D. You can benefit a lot by helping others.
41. The principal made the suggestions in order for the students to ______.
A. make contributions to society B. achieve great progress in high school
C. love high school life D. finish high school
After spending years searching for a planet with life,
scientists may have found one. In September 2010, a team
of US scientists discovered an Earth-sized planet called
Gliese 581g. It has a surface temperature neither too hot nor
too cold for liquid (液态) water. Scientists think there is a
chance that the planet could have life.
The planet Gliese 581g goes around a star called Gliese
581, which is about 20 light-years from Earth. That is about 194 trillion (万亿) kilometres – 500 million times farther away from us than the moon.
A spacecraft travelling at a one-tenth of the speed of light would reach Gliese 581g within about 220 years. A human can‘t live that long, but robotic explorers could make the job easier. However, our fastest spacecraft don‘t come anywhere near that one-tenth light-speed mark.
At present, scientists don‘t know what the surface might be like on Gliese 581g. What they know is that the planet is at the right distance from its star to have liquid water. It‘s also at the right distance to have an atmosphere that could protect that water if it is on the surface.
Although spacecraft won’t be getting there anytime soon, one way to look for life on Gliese 581g is to turn our radio telescopes (望远镜) towards the planet and search for radiation (放射). By studying the radiation, scientists could find out about the chemicals (化学物质) around the planet and discover if Gliese 581g has an
atmosphere. If it has one, studying the atmosphere would give us a good idea if the planet has life or not. But it‘ll probably be many years before we can do this properly.
People have been arguing about whether there is alien life on Gliese 581g. Any discussion about alien life is just guessing at this point, according to its discoverers.
42. What did scientists find in September 2010?
A. A planet with water. B. A planet similar to the earth.
C. A planet without life. D. A planet near the earth.
43. According to the article, Gliese 581g _______________________.
A. is at the right distance from its star
B. moves around the earth
C. is as far away from us as the moon
D. can be reached in about 220 years
44. Paragraph 5 is mainly about __________________.
A. the possibility of living on Gliese 581g
B. the kinds of chemicals around Gliese 581g
C. the way of looking for life on Gliese 581g
D. the aim of studying the radiation on Gliese 581g
45. Which of the following is the best title for the passage above?
A. Gliese 581g, a Likely Living Planet B. Gliese 581, a Likely Living Planet
C. Gliese 581g and Its Star D. Gliese 581g and Radiation
Nature is the greatest teacher in nursery schools （幼儿园）of Scandinavia.
All across Scandinavia small children are running wild! You can find them running through grassland, with dirt on their faces and small bags on their backs. You can also
find them playing in small rivers or climbing up trees. In Northern European countries, nature nursery schools are growing in popularity (becoming popular) because research shows that these ―nature‖ children are better in many ways than the children in normal nursery schools.
Although there are different themes in different schools, nature nursery schools are most often built in a forest. A forest gives the perfect chance for a child to develop a healthy body. The forest also offers many learning chances. Children can run around as much as they want and shout as loudly as they can .Children can use their bodies to the full, climbing, swinging, carrying and jumping. What‘s more, the forest is filled with playthings: a stick can be a horse to ride or be used to direct traffic. Imagination can run wild through the trees.
For these children, the world is full of life: rabbits and monkeys, wild flowers and green plants. What better way could there be to learn about animals, plants and the changing of the seasons? What better way to teach children about the world and protect the environment?
Most often, such nursery schools are "green". They buy environmentally-friendly products, and work with the idea of environmental sustainability（可持续性）, such as energy-saving. In giving children a chance to develop a meaningful, friendly and responsible relationship with the natural world, it must be a regular daily practice for them to touch the earth, to hear birdsong, to collect berries and mushrooms and get to know animals and plants. In wind, rain, snow and shine, let the children run wild!
31. The second paragraph mainly talks about the ____________.
A. history of nature nursery schools B. popularity of nature nursery schools
C. location of nature nursery schools D. importance of nature nursery schools
32. We know from the passage that nature nursery schools_________.
A. ask children to stay inside when the weather is bad.
B. encourage children to protect the environment.
C. are usually painted green.
D. all have the same theme.
33. What‘s the writer‘s attitude（态度）to nature nursery school?
A. Doubtful B. Worried C. Satisfied D. Calm
A. The Art Festival concert. B. Stan Lai‘s Light Years.
C. Huang Jianyi‘s concert. D. Liang Ching-ju‘s concert.
35. If you‘re interested in plays, you‘d better call _____ to get more information.
A. 021-6386-9153 B. 02l-6386-8686
C. 021-3842-4800 D. 02l-6438-4952
36. Which of the following statements is NOT true?
A. Light Years was created before Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land.
B. You can enjoy foreign folk songs at the Art Festival concert.
C. Huang Jianyi has performed at different festivals recently.
D. Liang Ching-ju has become popular in Asia in recent years.
37. In which part of a website can we most probably find this text?
A. Life. B. Fashion. C. Entertainment. D. Exhibition.
Spring will soon be upon us and a new term is here. All over the world spring is the season of new life: flowers bloom, baby animals are born, and the weather becomes warmer．During this time of year, people usually walk around with a spring in their steps and a feeling of fresh beginnings．However, for a fresh beginning it takes more than the bright colors and fresh air of spring．We need to look at ourselves, set new goals, and decide how to improve ourselves．
In England people usually do this on the first day of the year. We look at the past year and think about what we' d like to change or improve in our lives, and we call this a New Year' s resolution（决心）．These can be anything from improving one' s
health through exercise or cutting out bad habits, to studying harder for better grades or trying to find a good work or life balance．
Luckily, we don' t have to wait for the beginning of a new year to try and become better people．We can do this whenever we like．The milestone of a new term is just a good place to start.
Sometimes it' s difficult to take the first step in achieving newly set goals, but an old saying is "to begin is to be half-way there．" I agree with this because taking on a new task or changing habits can seem easier．For example, spending less time on QQ or playing video games and more time studying or communicating face-to-face can be difficult habits to change at first．But once we settle into the new routine and start to see the results, it' s difficult not to wonder why we didn‘t do it sooner.
The trick with deciding on a resolution for a new term is not to set unrealistic targets. If we do this, it's easy to lose motivation because the end goal seems so far away. Try to make many small goals you want to reach on the way to your ultimate（最终的）goal. This way, you can see your progress easily.
38. In Paragraph One, the writer wants to tell us that spring is a time _________．
A. to take a walk around outdoors B. to enjoy fresh air and bright colors
C. to set goals for a fresh beginning D. for animals to have babies
39. Which of the following might the writer agree with according to（根据） Paragraph Four?
A. Be swift to hear, slow to speak． B. All that ends well is well．
C. Well begun is half done． D. All roads lead to Rome．
40. What does the underlined word "daunting" probably mean in Paragraph Four?
A. changeable B. difficult C. lovely D. dangerous
41. What does the writer want to tell us in the last paragraph?
A. If you see no progress, you'll be sad.
B. Whatever happens, stick to （坚持）your dreams．
C. Never lose heart when meeting with difficulties．
D. Your goals should be realistic and small．
A 9-year-old Detroit boy is winning lots of praise after selling lemonade to help his hometown out of financial(财政的) difficulties.
Joshua Smith set up a stand（摊位）on Monday in front of his family‘s house with the goal of raising $1,000 for Detroit---the Motor City.
While on his way to attend a piano lesson, Joshua Smith heard on the radio that the city of Detroit now has big financial problems.
By the time the stand ended on Friday, Joshua raised more than $3,340, received an award for outstanding achievement, welcomed members of the University of Michigan‘s men‘s basketball team and earned a scholarship（奖学金） of $2,000. ―I‘m really happy that a lot of people supported me,‖ Joshua told the Daily News. ―It was tiring but successful.‖
―It‘s been an exciting week,‖ said Rhonda Smith, Joshua‘s mother. ―Joshua was sorry for our city‘s financial difficulties. One day he woke up and said, ‘Mommy,
we‘re going to have a lemonade stand for the city.’‖.
―I think it‘s fantastic,‖ said Smith, she encouraged the lemonade sale after Joshua told her about his plan.
Joshua‘s parents allowed him to set the prices for his snacks and drinks, he offered water for $1.00, lemonade for $1.50, and popcorn in small, medium and large sizes for $1.00, $1.50 and $2 a bag.
Joshua plans to ask city officials to use the money from his stand to keep a park and playground near the family‘s home in good condition.
Joshua also received a call from the Detroit mayor（市长）. ―I just want you to know we thank you for your efforts and just keep doing what you are doing,‖ Dave Bing told Joshua on Tuesday. ―You sound like a fine young man, and I just hope that other young people use you as an example.‖
42.Who will receive the money from Joshua‘s stand?
A. The city of Detroit B. A basketball team
C. Joshua‘s family D. A local college
43. The sale of snacks and drinks lasted for___________.
A. three days B. five days C. two weeks D. a month
44. How did Rhonda Smith feel about Joshua‘s idea of the lemonade stand?
A. She didn‘t care about it. B. She was sorry for it.
C. She was against it. D. She supported it.
45. All of the following words can describe Joshua‘s work Except__________.
A. boring B. successful C. tiring D. helpful
Now more and more people like talking about something that they are interested in. Here is a page from an Internet Forum (论坛). Some people are discussing who is a better singer.
( )31. Who likes Andy Lau best?
A. Lucy B. Anita C. Tom D. Peter
( )32. Who think(s) Jacky Cheung a better singer ?
A. Anita B. Peter C. Tom D. Anita and Peter
( )33. Which of the following is TRUE?
A. Nobody likes Jacky Cheung‘s movies.
B. Anita has the same opinion as Peter.
C. Lucy has never seen an Andy Lau‘s concert.
D. Anita thinks Andy Lau‘s voice is more special than Jacky Cheung‘s.
Michael Jordon is the greatest basketball player of all time. Once he was making a television advertisement, all he needed to do was to miss a shot.
For Michael, this was difficult. He had conditioned(定位) himself to succeed whenever he was throwing the ball. Every time he threw a basketball, it went in. Every time he tried to miss a shot, he couldn‘t. In total, it took him over 20 attempts (尝试) before he missed a shot.
For Michael, success is a strong habit. It took him a lot of time to break it. Just like drinking, smoking and collecting things, success is also a habit. Once it is formed, it is difficult to break. Many people think that success is difficult to keep. They feel that it will be hard work and will need too much action and focus. The truth is that it is simply a habit, and as easy to keep as any other habit.
Spend some time making success a habit in your life. Once you have developed it, it is not something you want to change again.
( )34. In the advertisement Michael Jordon needed to ______________.
A. miss a shot B. throw the basketball in C. keep his habit D. develop his skills
( )35. The writer used the example of Michael Jordon to tell us ________.
A. he is the best basketball player of all time B. he had worked very hard to be successful
C. success is a strong habit D. success is a habit that is not difficult to break
( )36. Which of the following is not the habit mentioned in the passage?
A. drinking B. smoking C. collecting things D. working
( )37.If you want to succeed , you must____________.
A. miss the shot B. make success a habit
C. keep throwing D. make an advertisement
Computers can help many workers. They can also help thieves.
There was one thief who worked in a bank of the United States. He paid for everything he needed by check (支票). Then he told the computer not to take any money from his account for the checks he wrote. The bank‘s computer did what he said. And it did not take any money from his bank account. One day the computer broke down. People had to do the computer‘s work. They soon found out what was happening.
Another thief, who worked for a bank saw people filling in deposit forms (存款单). Many of these people did not know their account numbers, so they wrote only their names on the forms. They left empty places for their account numbers. The thief wrote his own account number in this place. When the computer read these forms it looked only at the account numbers. It did not look at the customers‘ names. It paid
the money on these deposit forms into the thief‘s account . Then there was the bank worker who told the bank computer to take ten cents off every customer‘s account each month and put it into his own account. For a long time the bank‘s customers did not notice that they were losing ten cents every month. But then someone did notice and told the bank. That was the end of that little game!
( )38.What was the first thief?
A.A computer engineer. B.A customer. C.A banker worker. D. We don‘t know.
( )39.How did the first thief steal money from the bank?
A. He broke the computer down and stole money from it.
B. He paid for everything by check instead of cash.
C. He took money away from the bank.
D. He told the computer not to take away money from his account.
( )40.How many kinds of crimes in a bank are mentioned?
A. Two. B. Three. C. Four. D. Five.
( )41.What can we infer from the passage?
A. None of the thieves has been caught by the police up to now.
B. A lot of money is missing from the bank each year.
C. The computers in the bank will be changed to prevent money from being
D. There will be no crimes in the bank any more since so many crimes have
been found out.
Scientists who study the climate are still arguing about how fast the earth is warming
and how much it will warm, but they do agree that the earth is warming and that it will keep warming if we don‘t do anything about it.
Scientists agree that the burning of fossil fuels (化石燃料) like oil and coal cause greenhouse gases to escape into the air and that these gases are causing most of the warming. Another cause is deforestation (cutting down trees) . Trees soak up carbon dioxide, one of the greenhouse gases, from the air.
There are already some changes happening because of global warming. Sea level is rising and some animals are already moving to new homes. It‘s already too late to stop global warming completely.
If the warming gets worse, as scientists expect, there may be some kinds of plants and animals that is disappearing because they can‘t move to new homes. There may be more storms and floods. Sea level may rise so much that people have to move away from the coasts. Some areas may become too dry for farming.
Global warming is a very difficult problem to fix. People are having a hard time agreeing on what to do about it. For example, everyone agrees that wasting energy is a bad thing to do. But some people think that the federal government (联邦政府) should make laws about it, while other people think it should be up to each person or business to decide what to do.
Many states and businesses in the United States are not waiting until the federal government decides what to do. They have already started working on the problem.
( )42.What are the scientists arguing about in the passage?
A. How fast is the earth warming? B. How much will the earth warm?
C. The earth will keep warming if we don‘t do anything about it. D. Both
A and B.
( )43.What does the underlined phrase ―soak up‖ mean?
A. take in B. grow up C. take off D. set up
( )44. What may be the causes of global warming?
A. The disappearance of plants and animals and the wasting energy.
B. The burning of fossil fuels and storms and floods.
C. The burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.
D. The rising of sea level and deforestation.
( )45. What is the best title of this passage?
A. The reason for global warming B. How to stop global warming
C. The changes to the world D. The global warming
A. Star of Wonder B. The Not-So-Wise Man
C. First Festival: Christmas D. My Very First Christmas Book
32. Which number would you dial if you want to order a book for your 2-year-old child?
A. 07459 40560. B. 07459 38922.
C. 07459 45783. D. 07459 44116.
33. If your child wants to read stories of animals, whose book will be your choice?
A. Pat Alexander. B. Beth Webb. C. Lois Rock. D. Elizabeth Goudge.
This course is for those who want to learn to type, as well as those who want to improve their typing. The course is not common. You are tested in the first class, and begin practising at one of eight different skill levels. This allows you to learn at your own speed. Each program lasts 20 hours. Bring your own paper.
Course fee: $125 Materials: $25
Two hours for each evening for two weeks. New classes begin every two weeks.
This course is taught by a number of professional business education teachers who
have successfully taught typing course before.
This twelve-hour course is for people who do not know very much about computers, but who need to learn about them. You will learn what computers are, what they can or can‘t do and how to use them.
Course fee：$75 Jan 4,7,11,14,18 Wed.&Sat. 9:00---11:30 a.m. Equipment
David is a professor of Computer Science at Beijing University. He has over twenty years of experience in the computer field.
Do you want to stop smoking? Have you ever tried and failed? Now is the time to stop smoking using the latest methods. You can stop smoking, and this twelve-course will help you do it.
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Dr. John is a practicing psychologist who has helped hundreds of people stop
34. If you choose the UNDERSTANDING COMPUTERS course, you will have classes_______.
A. twice B. three times C. four times D. five times
35. Mr. Black works every morning and evening, but he wants to take part in one of the three
courses. Your suggestion is __________.
A. TYPING B. UNDERSTANDING COMPUTERS
C. STOP SMOKING D. all the courses
36. If you want to learn about computers, and at the same time you want to improve your
typing, you will pay ______________.
A. $75 B. $150 C. $115 D. $235
37. The special difference between the TYPING course and the other two is that
A. people with different skill levels pay differently.
B. you will take a test in the first class for level decision
C. you will pay the fee before practicing typing.
D. you will pay less money for your study.
Have you ever had the strange feeling that you were being watched? You turned around and, sure enough, someone was looking right at you!
Parapsychologists (灵学家) say that humans have a natural ability to sense when someone is looking at them. To research whether such a ―sixth sense‖ really exists, Robert Baker, a psychologist (心理学家) at the University of Kentucky, did two experiments.
In the first one, Baker sat behind unknowing people in public places and stared at the backs of their heads for 5 to 15 minutes. The subjects（受试者）were eating, drinking, reading, studying, watching TV, or working at a computer. Baker made sure
that the people could not tell that he was sitting behind them during those periods. Later, when he questioned the subjects, almost all of them said they had no sense that someone was staring at them.
For the second experiment, Baker told the subjects that they would be stared at from time to time from behind in a laboratory setting. The people had to write down when they felt they were being stared at and when they weren‘t. Baker found that the subjects were no better at telling when they were stared at and when they weren‘t. Baker concludes that people do not have the ability to sense when they‘re being ―I suggest they repeat the experiments and see for themselves.‖
38. The aim of the two experiments is to ________.
A. explain when people can have a sixth sense
B. show how people act while being watched in the lab
C. study whether humans can sense when they are stared at
D. prove why humans have a sixth sense
39. The underlined word ―outcome‖ in the last paragraph most probably means ________.
A. value B. result C. performance D. connection
40. In the second experiment, the subjects _________.
A. could tell when they were stared at and when they weren‘t.
B. could tell when they were stared at but couldn‘t tell when they weren‘t.
C. couldn‘t tell when they were stared at but could tell when they weren‘t.
D. couldn‘t tell when they were stared at or when they weren‘t.
41. What can be learned from the passage?
A. People are born with a sixth sense.
B. The experiments support parapsychologists‘ idea.
C. The subjects do not have a sixth sense in the experiments.
D. People have a sixth sense in all places.
Now satellites are helping to forecast the weather. They are in space, and they can reach any part of the world. The satellites take pictures of the atmosphere（大气）, because this is where the weather forms. They send these pictures to the weather
stations. So meteorologists（气象学家）can see the weather of any part of the world. From the pictures, the scientists can often say how the weather will change. Today, nearly five hundred weather stations in sixty countries receive satellite pictures. When they receive new pictures, the meteorologists compare them with earlier ones. Perhaps they may find that the clouds have changed during the last few hours. This may mean that the weather on the ground may soon change, too. In their next weather forecast, the meteorologists can say this.
So the weather satellites are a great help to the meteorologists. Before satellites were invented, the scientists could forecast the weather for about 24 or 48 hours. Now they can make good forecasts for three or five days. Soon, perhaps, they may be able to forecast the weather for a week or more ahead（提前）.
42. Satellites travel _____________.
A. in space B. in the atmosphere C. above the ground D. above space
43. Why do we use the weather satellites to take pictures of the atmosphere? Because ________.
A. the weather satellites can do it easily B. clouds form in the atmosphere there
C. the weather forms in the atmosphere D. the pictures can forecast the weather
44. Meteorologists forecast the weather __________. A. when they have received satellite pictures B. after comparing the pictures with earlier ones C. before they received satellite pictures D. while they study satellite pictures
45. The main idea of this passage is that satellites are now used in _________. A. taking pictures of the atmosphere B. receiving pictures of the atmosphere
C. doing other work in many ways D. weather forecasting to the pictures
31. Which of the following is mentioned in both Owen‘s and Roger‘s poems?
A. Smiles and flowers. B. Bees and flowers. C. Birds and flowers. D. Leaves and flowers. 32. Roger enjoys spring by it. A. smelling B. playing C. feeling D. watching 33. All the poems describe the spring except . A. Owen‘s B. Roger‘s C. Angela‘s D. Kevin‘s
Roller skating is easy and fun, and it is popular all over the world, But many years ago, it wasn‘t easy at all. Before 1750, people never tried skating on wheels. That changed because of a man named Joseph Merlin. Merlin‘s work was making instruments. In his free time he liked to play the violin. Merlin was a man with many ideas and many dreams. People called him a dreamer.
One day Merlin received an invitation to go to an important party. He was very pleased and a little excited. As the day of the party came near, Merlin began to think. He wanted to find a way to make a wonderful entrance at the party. Merlin had an idea. He thought that he would attract a lot of attention if he could skate into the room.
Merlin tried different ways to make himself roll. Finally, he decided to put two wheels under each shoe. These were the first roller skate shoes. Merlin was very proud of them. He dreamed of arriving at the party and skating into the room while playing the violin. He was sure that everyone would be very surprised.
On the night of the party Merlin rolled into the room, playing his violin. Everyone was really surprised to see him. There was just one problem. Merlin had no way to stop his roller skating. He rolled on, playing the violin. Then, with all eyes on him, Merlin hit into a huge mirror on the wall. The mirror broke into many pieces with a very loud noise. But nobody forgot Merlin‘s wonderful entrance after that.
34. The story tells us that people began to enjoy roller-skating A. before the year 1750 B. before the invitation
C. because of Joseph Merlin D. because it was dangerous
35. People called Merlin a dreamer because .
A. he slept and dreamed a lot B. he was full of different ideas
C. he was a talented violinist D. he always made people‘s dreams come true
36. made Merlin think of skating on wheels.
A. Merlin‘s work B. Merlin‘s violin C. A huge mirror D. An important party
37. What was Merlin‘s problem after he rolled into the room?
A. He couldn‘t stop his roller-skating. B. He couldn‘t attract a lot of attention
C. Everyone was surprised at him. D. He couldn‘t play the violin while rolling.
When I was told to play for a drama competition, I became nervous. I had never done anything like this before. But after reading Shakespeare‘s Twelfth Night, I was excited about what was to come. The story was great and the sentences were so funny. I wanted to I was playing Sir Toby Belch, a very funny old knight(骑士). I had to remember a lot of sentences and very funny old words. I worked hard in order to act well, like a real knight from the old days. But the most different job was to be funny in all my
acting. This is quite different from the way I am in real life.
―OK. It‘s time to be a different me now!‖ I said to myself. At first, I couldn‘t do anything naturally. I didn‘t know what to do when acting in this silly way. But I always told myself that I was Sir Toby now and I should forget who I really was. Even when I was in the bath, I was thinking about Sir Toby‘s words and actions and trying to do everything like Sir Toby did.
The competition day finally came. When it was my turn to perform, I took a deep breath and began my part. I tried hard to make my words clear enough to be understood and my actions funny enough to make everybody laugh. When the results were finally read out, I immediately knew we had won first prize. I made it.
From this experience, I‘ve come to know that I can be a different person. It‘s doesn‘t mean I‘ve changed my personality, but I can do something I had never imagined possible.
38. When the writer finished reading the story, .
A. he was excited B. the competition began
C. he became nervous D. he forgot who he really was
39. The expression ―give it a go‖ in Paragraph 1 most probably means .
A. come on B. give up
C. run away D. have a try
40. The writer thought it was very difficult to be funny in all his acting
because A. it was an old story
B. it was different from the way he was in real life
C. he was not interested in it
D. his classmates and teachers would laugh at him
41. From the last paragraph, we can learn that the writer A. has learned nothing from the experience
B. plans to meet and talk to different people
C. is looking forward to the next competition D. can do something which seems impossible
The Internet, mobile phones and iPads are part of our lives now. Technology is greatly affecting all ways of our lives, from the ways we work to the ways we play. And it even causes a number of social problems such as cloning humans.
We have had lots of technology and it has changed our lives a lot. There is no doubt that humans will continue to use more and more technology. Here are some examples of modern technology that will change our ideas and will affect our lives greatly.
Global Positioning System(GPS)(全球定位系统)
It‘s a system that uses radio signals from satellites to show exact(精确的) information. It tells you where the user is on the earth in all weather conditions. It‘s made up of three parts: satellites, control equipments on land and receivers.
Russian and American scientists have worked together for the International Space Station (ISS) for a long time. They hope the ISS will provide a long-lasting lab. Such a lab will bring humans limitless(无限的) advantages. It‘s even hoped that one day space technology will take humans to their new houses in space.
Hercules is a kind of underwater robot with some high technology equipments. It will be used to search for ancient ships which were destroyed into the deep sea during their journey long ago.
The world is changing so quickly that it‘s hard for us to catch up with all the new inventions because they seem to come out every month. It‘s important for us to learn about new technology and the role that it plays in our lives. So we should be willing to accept modern technology, or we will fall behind the times.
42. can tell you where the user is on the earth exactly.
A. Satellites B. Receivers
C. Global Positioning System D. Underwater Robot
43. According to the passage, which is NOT true about the ISS?
A. It has carried people to other planets.
B. It will provide a long-lasting lab for us.
C. Russia and America are working for it.
D. Humans will get a lot of advantages from it.
44. Hercules is used to A. save lives in the sea B. take pictures in the sea
C. repair the broken ships D. look for the ancient ships in the sea
45. What is the purpose of the passage?
A. To help us study some new technology.
B. To tell us technology is changing the world.
C. To help solve the problems that technology causes.
D. To remind us the advantages of technology are limitless.
Welcome to the Grand Hotel. To make your stay as enjoyable as possible, we hope
31. The above service notice can be seen _______.
A. in a restaurant B. in a hotel dining room
C. in a bedroom of a large international hotel D. at the entrance of a small family hotel
32. You have arrived and stayed at the hotel at 11:00 p.m. and want a snack. What should you do?
A. Go to the hotel shop. B. Go to the hotel bar.
C. Hang a message outside your door. D. Phone the hotel shop assistants.
33. Which of the following is true?
A. You can‘t have your breakfast in your room. B. You can‘t make a phone in your room.
C. Lunch is served from 12:00 to 2:00p.m.. D. You can have dinner at midnight.
（B） Prana, our beautiful dog whose name means ?breath of life‘, isn‘t with us any more. But she brought such joy and love that we still miss her.
There are so many wonderful stories about the love in this dog, but my favorite is this one.
It was an autumn day in Minnesota, but the weather didn‘t know the difference between autumn and winter. Unexpectedly, we were hit with a big snow fall for which no one was prepared.
We have two apple trees in our backyard. Prana loved apples. When she went outside, she‘d take hold of an apple, put it far back in her mouth, and house to save for eating later. The apples had been on the ground and were often dirty so I wasn‘t always happy that Prana had brought them into the house. Feeling my displeasure, she would turn her head so I wouldn‘t see her hidden treasure.
On the day that it snowed too early in the season, Prana went outside and I watched her from the window. I noticed that she was madly digging holes and brought the apples to the surface so they could be seen above the snow. I wondered why she was doing this. She seemed to be completely busy with some kind of important task to dig up as many apples as possible during her yard time.
When I called her back into the house, she had her usual one apple in her mouth. About five minutes later, I looked outside. The yard was completely covered with birds. Prana had dug up all those apples for her bird friends to eat. She knew that they wouldn‘t have stored enough food to live through such an early winter.
34. The story about the dog happened _______.
A. in autumn B. in winter C. in spring D. in summer
35. What does the underlined phrase
A. enter quickly B. enter secretly C. enter happily D. enter slowly
36. Prana was busy digging up the apples in the snow because________.
A. she liked digging holes and eating apples
B. she was always saving the apples for eating later
C. she wanted to leave the apples to her bird friends
D. she loves playing with snow
37. From the story we can learn that______.
A. Prana is helpful to the writer B. Prana is devoted to the writer
C. Prana is not only beautiful but also joyful D. Prana is especially loving and thoughtful
Taking away a city‘s rubbish is a big job. Every day trucks come into a city to collect it. Most rubbish is made up of things we can‘t eat or use. If we kept these things we would soon have a mountain of rubbish.
In some cities the rubbish is collected and taken outside of the city to a dump(垃圾站). Often the city dump is placed where the ground is low or there is a big hole. The kitchen rubbish is broken into small pieces and sent into the sewage system. The system takes away the used water from toilets, bathtubs(澡盆) and other places.
To keep mice and flies away, some earth is used to cover the newly dumped rubbish. Later, grass may be planted on the rubbish-filled land. Finally, a house or a school may be built there, and then you‘d never know that this had once been an old rubbish dump.
In other cities the rubbish is burnt in special places. The fire burns everything but the metal. Sometimes the metal can be used again in factories where things are made of metal. The food parts of rubbish are put in special piles where they slowly change into something called humus(腐殖土), which looks like black earth. It is rich with kinds of things that feed plants and help make them grow.
38. You can most probably read the passage in _______.
A. a history book B. a TV guide C. a science book D. a telephone book
39. The underlined word ―sewage‖ in the passage means_______.
A. 排污 B. 染色 C. 洗涤 D. 吸尘
40. According to the passage, the food parts of rubbish can be used again_______.
A. to feed animals B. to feed plants C. to build a house D. to make machines
41. How should we take care of a used metal box according to the passage?
A. By burning it off. B. By putting it in water.
C. By throwing it away. D. By reusing and recycling it.
Welcome to our newly-opened Richards Cinema Bookstore!
Now let me introduce to you some of the new film books in our store.
Are you Chinese film fans? OK, here comes the latest 25 New Takes about Chinese films. It is a collection of 25 fresh readings of different Chinese films from the 1930s to the present. In recent years, Chinese films are very popular in the States, such as Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon, Hero, and Flowers of Shanghai.
Do you like French films? Well, here is The French Cinema Book. It covers French films from the 1890s to the beginning of the 21st century. It is written for all lovers of French cinema: students and teachers, specialists and fans, and so on.
Maybe you are Indian film fans and star-chasers. Then here is Encyclopedia (百科全书) of Indian Cinema. The book is a complete introduction to all the best Indian films. It also offers a full list of names of the famous and successful film stars in the past ten years. You know, the Indian film industry is the largest in the world after our Hollywood.
If you like British films, we have The British Cinema Book. It is a good review of British cinema. This book contains a good many nice pictures.
In our bookstore, you can also find books about Mexican, Japanese, Australian, German and Italian films.
Well, please help yourselves to some coffee or tea, and have a good time here!
42. The speaker of the passage is most probably _______.
A. the writer of 25 New Takes B. a tourist in the cinema bookstore
C. the manager of the cinema bookstore D. a reader of Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema
43. How many Asian countries does the speaker refer to when he talks about the film books?
A. Two. B. Three. C. Four. D. Nine.
44. Which of the following statements is NOT mentioned in the passage？
A. Indian cinema is second only to Hollywood.
B. The British Cinema Book includes a complete list of names of stars.
C. Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon is well received in the States.
D. The French Cinema Book covers over a century's French films.
45. The purpose of the speaker is_______.
A. to satisfy the visitors' various tastes
B. to keep the writers in the cinema bookstore
C. to offer the visitors chances to meet the film stars
D. to have the readers into film producers
needn‘t go to work on Fridays.
A. Canada B. Scotland C. Japan D. Egypt
32. If it is 8:00 a.m. in western Canada, the time is _______ in eastern Canada.
A. 11:00a.m B. 2:00 p.m. C. 12:30 p.m. D. 4:00 a.m.
33. While Canadian children are waking up, children in Scotland are ________.
A. having lessons B. sleeping C. watching TV D. playing games B
In 1826, a Frenchman named Niepce needed pictures for his business .But he was not a good artist .So he invented a very simple camera. He put it in a window of his house and took a picture of his garden .That was the first photo.
The next important date in the history of photography was in 1837. That year, Daguerre, another Frenchman, took a picture of his reading room .He used a new kind of camera in a different way. In his picture you could see everything very clearly, even the smallest thing. This kind of photo was called a Daguerreotype.
Soon, other people began to use Daguerre‘s way. Travelers brought back
wonderful photos from all around the world .people took picture of famous buildings, cities and mountains.
In about 1840, photography was improved .Then photographers could take
pictures of people and moving things .That was not simple .The photographers had to carry a lot of films and other machines. But this did not stop them, for example, some in the United States worked so hard.
Mathew Brady was a famous American photographer. He took many pictures of great people .The pictures were unusual because they were very lifelike.
Photographers also became one kind of art by the end of the 19th century. Some photos were not just copies of the real world .They showed feelings like other kinds of art.
34. The first photo taken by Niepce was a picture of ________
A. his business B. his house C. his garden D. his window
35. The Daguerreotype was_______.
A. a Frenchman B. a kind of picture
C. a kind of camera D. a photographer
36. If a photographer wanted to take pictures of moving things in the year of 1840, he
A. watch lots of films B. buy an expensive camera
C. stop in most cities D. take many films and something else.
37. This passage tells us_____________.
A. how photography was developed
B. how to show feelings in pictures
C. how to take pictures in the world
D. how to use different cameras
Four men who would become fathers were in a hospital waiting room while their wives were going to give birth to their babies. The nurse arrived and proudly said to the first man, ―Congratulations, sir. You‘re the father of twins!‖
―What a surprise! Believe it or not! I work for the Minnesota Twins Baseball teams!‖
Later the nurse returned and congratulated the second father on the birth of his triplets (三胞胎). ―Wow! That‘s unbelievable! I work for the 3M Company.‖
An hour later, the nurse returned to congratulate the third man on the birth of his quadruplets (四胞胎). Surprised, he only could answer, ―I don‘t believe it! I work for the Four Seasons Hotel!‖
After this, everyone turned to the fourth man who had just fallen down. The nurse ran fast to his side. As he slowly came to himself, they could hear him speak in a very low voice over and over, ―I should never have taken that job at 7-Eleven. I should never have taken that job at 7-Eleven. I should never have taken that job at 7-Eleven.‖
38. Why were the fathers there?
A. They were waiting for their wives.
B. They were seeing doctors.
C. They were waiting for their babies to be born.
D. They were working at men nurses there.
39. Which of the following is true about the third man?
A. He thought the nurse made a mistake. B. He was very surprised at the nurse‘s words. C. He didn‘t want to have these babies.
D. He should never have worked at 7-Eleven. 40. Why did the fourth man fall down after hearing the nurse‘s words?
A. He was afraid of having so many babies.
B. He was seriously ill.
C. He was too excited.
D. He was very glad to have 7 babies.
41. At least how many babies would be born according to the story?
A. 9. B. 10. C. 11. D. 16.
When my wife left this world, I chose to travel in Antigua looking for a peaceful place to rest my old body. Not quite old and weak, I felt I wanted something more than the usual hotel room with 24-hour room service.
I decided this year to try something completely new and booked myself a private holiday home in Antigua. This was the best decision I had ever made, as there was plenty to do, plenty to see and lots of lovely restaurants to visit. There was a private swimming pool, and a cool, wide yard where I ate my breakfast most mornings.
Antigua has to be one of the loveliest places on earth to spend a holiday. The bright blue sea and the endless blue around the beach areas proved to be an excellent place for me to spend the long afternoons.
I had to hurry to do what I wanted to do before the holiday came to an end. I managed to visit the Sugar Mill and Shirley Heights on my last two days and yet found myself wondering whether I could extend for a few more days. I rented a boat and came home after a day‘s sailing, refreshed, looking forward to dinner. Everything is so pleasant on these beautiful islands, swept by the trade winds and warmed by the sun for so many summer months. The food just tasted better to me, perhaps because I was having such a great holiday. There was always someone to have a drink with---- that‘s what I liked most.
42. Which of the following statements is NOT mentioned about the private holiday
home the writer stayed in?
A. It had a private swimming pool.
B. There were lots of restaurants near it.
C. The writer often had breakfast in its yard.
D. It supplied delicious seafood to the writer. 43. The word ―extend‖ in Paragraph 4 probably means ―______‖.
A. make something last longer
B. make you feel happy
C. prevent from entering
D. sell goods to foreign countries
44. The most important reason for the writer to travel in Antigua was ______.
A. there was bright blue sea
B. there was endless blue sky
C. there were lots of lovely restaurants
D. there were many people to drink with
45. The passage is most likely to be taken from a part of ______.
A. a tour guide B. a travel diary
C. a student‘s report D. a health report
31. If you are interested in western education, you might call _________.
A. 010- 100125 B. 800 819 0260 C. 021-5158 1658 D.
32. If you would like to organize a large meeting or conference, you should contact __________.
A. Office General B. Apollo Business Center
C. Canadian International School D. None of the above
33. You may _________ to get more information about any of the three ads.
A. send an email B. use a fax machine
C. go by yourself D. visit some websites
It was a village in India. The people were poor. However, they were not unhappy. After all, their forefathers had lived in the same way for centuries.
Then one day, some visitors from the city arrived. They told the villagers there were some people elsewhere who liked to eat frog's legs. However, they did not have enough frogs of their own, and so they wanted to buy frogs from other places.
This seemed like money for nothing. There were millions of frogs in the fields around, and they were useless to the villagers. What they had to do was to catch them. Agreement was reached, and the children were sent into the fields to catch frogs. Every week a truck arrived to collect the catch and hand over the money. For the first time, the people were able to dream of a better future. But the dream didn't last long.
The change was hardly noticed at first, but it seemed as if the crops were not doing so well. More worry was that the children fell ill more often, and there seemed to be more insects around lately.
The villagers decided that they couldn't just wait to see the crops failing and the children getting weak. They would have to use the money earned to buy pesticides (杀剂) and medicine. Soon there was no money left.
Then the people realized what was happening. It was the frog. They hadn't been useless. They had been doing an important job- eating insects. Now with so many frogs killed, the insects were increasing more rapidly. They were damaging the crops and spreading diseases. Now, the peoplee are still poor. But in the evenings they sit in the village square and listen to sounds of insects and frogs. These sounds of the night now have a much deeper meaning.
34. From Paragraph l, we learn that the villagers_______.
A. worked very hard for centuries B. dreamed of having a better life
C. were poor but somewhat happy D. lived a different life from their forefathers
35. Why did the villagers agree to sell frogs?
A. The frogs were easy money. B. They needed money to buy medicine.
C. They wanted to please the visitors. D. The frogs made too much noise.
36. What might be the cause of the children's sickness?
A. The crops didn't do well. B. There were too many insects.
C. The visitors brought in diseases. D. The pesticides were overused.
37. What can we infer from the last sentence of the text?
A. Happiness comes from peaceful life in the country.
B. Health is more important than money.
C. The harmony between man and nature is important.
D. Good old days will never be forgotten.
Practise speaking as often as you can. Speaking to yourself is good practice. Try recording yourself when you can.
Compare your pronunciation with the master version（原版）to see how you can do better and . If you do this several times, you will find that each time is better than last.
Why not learn with someone else?
It helps if you can learn with someone else. If you can persuade(劝说) a friend or family member to study with you, it will make you keep working.
Don‘t get stuck by a word you don‘t know.
Practise improving ways of getting your meaning across when speaking spontaneously（本能地）, even if you don't know the exact words or phrases. Think of things you might want to say when you have spare time. Use facial expressions, hand movements, anything to make yourself understood.
Language learning is also about intuition（直觉）．
Guesswork is an important way to learn a new language. When listening to recorded material, you aren't expected to understand everything first time round. If you play the same piece several times, you will most probably understand something new each time.
Build up your vocabulary.
A wide vocabulary is the key to successful language learning but don‘t try to learn too much at once. It‘s best to study frequently, for short periods of time. Take at most six or seven items of vocabulary and learn them. Put them into sentences to fix them in your mind, and then come back to them later.
And above all, have fun!
38. What‘s the purpose of this passage?
A. To tell us the importance of practicing speaking as often as we can.
B. To tell us a few tips to help us learn a new language well.
C. To tell us that guesswork is an important way to learn a new language.
D. To tell us that a wide vocabulary is the key to successful language learning.
39. What‘s the meaning of the underlined phrase ―
A. Have another try or attempt. B. Move away from a place to another.
C. Enter a certain state or condition. D. Follow or take a certain course.
40. To learn English well, we shouldn‘t __________ according to the passage.
A. practice speaking as often as possible
B. study frequently, for short periods of time to build up our vocabulary
C. try to understand everything and stop when we meet a new word
D. try to persuade a friend or family member to study with us
41. According to the passage, to learn a new language well, the most important thing is ________.
A. speaking as much as possible B. having fun
C. a wide vocabulary D. guesswork
Soon computers and other machines will be able to remember you by
looking at your eyes! The programme works because everyone‘s eyes are different. So in the future you won‘t have to remember a number when you want to use a machine or take money out of a bank. You‘ll just have to look at the machine and it will be able to tell who you are.
The eye-recognition（识别）programme is already being tested in shops and banks in the USA, Britain, Spain, Italy and Turkey. Soon, this technology will take the place of all other ways of finding out who people are.
However, scientists are working on other systems. Machines will soon be able to know you from the shape of your face or hand or even your smell! We already have machines that can tell who you are from your voice or the mark made by your finger.
Eye-recognition is better than other kinds because your eyes don‘t change as you get older, or get dirty like hands or fingers. And even twins have different eyes, so the programme can be up to 94％ correct, depending on how good the technology is. Some programmes may only be right 51％ of the time. In Britain, it was found that 91％ of people who had tried it said that they liked the idea of eye-recognition. In the future your computer will be looking at you in the eye. So smile!
42. How does the eye-recognition programme work?
A. You write your number. B. You show your ID card.
C. You look at the machine. D. You say your name.
43. Why can the programme be up to 94％ correct?
A. Because eyes never change.
B. Because hands or fingers can get dirty.
C. Because people like the idea of the programme.
D. Because the programme is widely used around the world.
44. Which of the following is true?
A. The programme is being tested in Japan.
B. Machines with other systems can also tell who you are.
C. 91％ of people like the idea of the programme.
D. Computers can remember you by looking at your clothes.
45. What does this passage mainly talk about?
A. Introduction to some kinds of programmes.
B. Introduction to the eye-recognition programme.
C. The way how the eye-recognition programme works.
D. The places where the eye-recognition programme is tested.
I have forgotten the name of the old lady, who was a customer(顾客) on my newspaper route when I was twelve. Yet she taught me a lesson that I shall never forget.
On a winter afternoon, a friend and I were throwing stones onto the roof of the old lady‘s house near her garden. I found myself a perfectly smooth rock and threw it. The stone was too smooth, however, so it slipped(滑) from my hand as I let it go and
headed straight for a small window on the lady‘s door. At the sound of broken glass, we knew we were in trouble. We ran faster than any of our stones flew off her roof.
I was too scared about getting caught that first night to be concerned about the old lady with the broken window in winter. However, a few days later, when I was sure that I hadn‘t been discovered, I started to feel guilty for her trouble. She still greeted me with a smile each day when I gave her the newspaper, but I was no longer able to act comfortably when seeing her.
I decided that I would save my paper delivery(送) money, and in three weeks I had the seven dollars that I thought would cover the cost of her window. I put the money in an envelope (信封) with a note saying that I was sorry for breaking her window and hoped that the seven dollars would cover the cost of repairing it.
The next day, I handed the old lady her paper. She thanked me for the paper and gave me a bag of biscuits she had made herself. I thanked her and ate the biscuits as I continued my route.
After several biscuits, I felt an envelope and pulled it out of the bag. When I opened the envelope, I was shocked. Inside were the seven dollars and a short note that said, ―I‘m proud of you.‖
21. What do the underlined words ―be concerned about‖ mean?
A. wait for B. worry about C. argue with D. look after
22. Of the following people, who has similar qualities to the writer that paid for the broken window?
A. Alice, who used to spend most of her pocket money on snacks, now saves money and donates it to help the elderly.
B. Tom, who used to be shy, kept practising speaking in front of his classmates and has become confident.
C. Ann, who was weak in maths, now often asks her friends for help and has made much progress.
D. Millie, who had stolen her aunt‘s necklace, realized her mistake and returned it to her aunt.
23. What can we infer(推断)from the story?
A. The old lady was such a rich woman that she didn‘t care about the money.
B. The old lady forgave the boy for what he had done and returned him the money.
C. The old lady was too proud to accept the money the boy paid for the broken window.
D. The old lady didn‘t forgive the boy for what he had done though he said sorry to her.
Yes, according to a study of people who went to
emergency rooms(急诊室) with injuries(伤)from skating.
The most common accident
Young, beginning skaters who wear little or no protective gear(装备) lose balance or hit small stones and fall, landing on their hands which are pushed out.
Types(类型) of injuries
The result of a survey about skaters‘ wearing protective gear
How to reduce your injuries
The skater without elbow pads is 10 times more likely to get hurt than a person who wears them. Wrist guards(护腕) provide the same amount of protection. Study found less powerful protection from wearing a helmet or knee pads.
24. According to the article, most injuries happen to skaters‘ wrists probably because_______.
A. the wrist is the weakest body part
B. skaters wear improper protective gear
C. skaters don‘t care about their wrist injuries
D. skaters often push out their hands when falling
25. Among the skaters who were studied, which of the following groups has the most people?
A. Those who wore helmets. B. Those who wore knee pads.
C. Those who wore wrist guards. D. Those who wore no protective gear.
26. To reduce most injuries, it is suggested that a skater should at least wear_______.
A. wrist guards and knee pads B. a helmet and knee pads
C. wrist guards and elbow pads D. a helmet and elbow pads C
All the wisdom of the times, all the stories that have delighted mankind for centuries, are easily and cheaply available to all of us in books, but we must know how to make use of this treasure. The unluckiest people in the world are those who have never discovered how satisfying it is to read good books.
I‘m very interested in people and finding out about them. Some of the most amazing people I‘ve met could only be found in a writer‘s imagination, then in his book, and then, again, in my imagination. I‘ve found in books new friends and new worlds.
Reading is fun, not because the writer is telling you something, but because it makes your mind work. Your own imagination works along with the writer‘s or even goes beyond his. Your experience, compared with his, brings you to the same or different conclusions, and your ideas develop as you understand his.
Every book stands by itself, like a one-family house, but books in a library are like houses in a city. Although they are separate(分开的), in some way they are connected with each other. The same ideas, or related(相关的) ones, appear in different places; the human problems that repeat themselves in life repeat themselves in books, but with different solutions(解决方法) according to different writings at different times. Books influence each other. They connect the past, the present and the future and have their own generations (age groups), like families. Wherever you start reading, you connect yourself with one of the families of ideas, and in the end, you not only find out about the world and the people in it, you find out about yourself, too.
Reading can only be fun if you expect it to be. If you concentrate on(专注于) books somebody tells you ―ought‖ to read, you probably won‘ t have fun. But if you put down a book you don‘t like and try another till you find one that means something to you, and then relax with it, you will almost certainly have a good time — and if you become, as a result of reading, better, wiser, kinder, or more gentle, you won‘t suffer during the process.
27. Which of the following ideas may the writer of this article agree with?
A. You will never meet amazing people in your life unless you read.
B. You think actively instead of getting facts passively when reading.
C. You will get much delight from any book that you are told to read.
D. You can relax yourself by reading because it involves little thinking.
28. What can we learn from Paragraph 4?
A. We can often find something connected with ourselves in books.
B. Different writings at different times share the same characteristics.
C. The same problems will appear in different books with similar solutions.
D. Reading books which are written for your generation is more helpful to you.
29. What‘s the writer‘s purpose of writing this article?
A. To advise us to enjoy ourselves by reading.
B. To encourage us to make full use of libraries.
C. To encourage us to find out solutions in books.
D. To advise us to discuss books with other people.
Saying no starts small
―All right then — just one more piece...‖ Words every girl has said when they are
faced with the delicious cheesecake. Of course, many of us know we may eat the whole thing in the end.
It isn‘t just girls. Most of us find it hard to say ―no‖ to something attractive. However, scientists now say that willpower is very important to success and a happy life.
Scientists in different countries have been studying the effects of willpower on people‘s lives for a long time. The results are similar, according to an article on February 7 in the Guardian, a famous British newspaper.
In one experiment, scientists told young children that they could either have a marshmallow (圆形软糖) now, or two marshmallows in 15 minutes. Waiting obviously needed more willpower. Scientists then continued studying the children as they grew up. They wanted to see if some children always had stronger willpower. They also wanted to see how having stronger willpower affected their lives.
Years later, scientists found that the children who had waited for two marshmallows were all healthier, happier and richer adults. Oppositely, the children who had shown weaker willpower at that young age were more likely to be in low-paid jobs, to be overweight, to have social problems.
But there is hope, Roy F Baumeister, an American social psychology(心理学) professor (教授) told the Guardian. Baumeister says we can train our willpower just like we train our muscles. Even a little practice can strengthen our overall self-control if we do it regularly.
You could start by making yourself stand up straight, speaking in complete sentences, or using a computer mouse with the other hand. Scientists have found that people who manage to change little habits often perform much better in laboratory willpower tests.
Like muscles, willpower can ―get tired‖. Don‘t try to do too many things at the same time, or when you don‘t have enough energy, for example when you are ill. If you already feel tired, you can try to recharge(恢复) your willpower with a good night‘s sleep and by eating well.
30. The example of a girl eating cheesecake is used to
A. prove that girls have weak willpower
B. introduce the topic of willpower to the readers
C. show that cheesecake is especially attractive to girls
D. show the connection between willpower and success
31. What can we infer from the experiment?
A. The scientists had already known the results before the experiment.
B. It showed that willpower is the most important to success and a happy life.
C. The children who chose to wait were more likely to be successful in their lives.
D. The children who chose only one marshmallow at first had stronger willpower.
32. Which of the following is NOT mentioned about the training of willpower?
A. You should have a goal every day.
B. Good rest and proper diet can help.
C. Willpower needs to be exercised regularly.
D. Keep willpower from being used too much.
33. What is the article mainly about?
A. How willpower and muscles are similar and how they can be trained.
B. How willpower affects people‘s lives and how it is similar to muscles.
C. How willpower is important to success and how we can make it stronger.
D. How willpower is connected with success and how they affect each other.
The 2012 London Olympic Games are around the corner. If you have the chance to visit Britain yourself, you can see at every bus stop the British people form a queue. You may have read about it, but you will still feel amazed to see it with your own eyes.
It‘s an amazing social behavior; it brings the British to a higher level of civilization(文明). At least that is what one German professor thinks. The professor named Joseph Heinrich and his workmates say that standing in line is the ―highest form of cooperative(协作的) group behavior‖.
The social rules(细则) of standing in line are also interesting. For example, you need to be able to decide the correct distance to the person in front of you. Get too close and there is a danger of entering other people‘s personal space. This is a serious mistake and often makes other people angry. However, when you leave too much space, the next person is likely to ask: ―Are you in the queue?‖ This may sound polite but in fact it means: ―Can‘t you stand in line properly?‖
In no other countries can you see the one-man queue except in Britain. If a British person arrives at a bus stop and no one else is there, he will not simply wait. Instead, he stands at the head of the queue.
Tourists are often unfamiliar with local customs(习俗), and if they do not get in line behind the British person, he or she will tell them strictly: ―This is a queue.‖
Though it might seem that the British people take their queues too Seriously, one thing is certain: queues can save lives. In dangerous situations, standing in line has prevented them from getting very frightened.
In the serious train accident in 1999, people who were hurt formed a queue as they escaped from their trains. One writer later wrote about a polite man who let her pass
31. What type of pizzas does Mr. Smith order?
A. Hawaiian and Supreme. B. Vegetarian and Supreme.
C. Supreme and coffee. D. Hawaiian and Vegetarian.
32. Where will the pizzas be sent?
A. No.348 Nanjing Road. B. No.67 Beijing Road. C. Nanjing . D. Beijing .
33. What else does Mr. Smith order besides pizzas?
A. Coffee. B. Coke. C. Orange. D. Tea.
Mr Brown‘s house was less than two miles from his office, so he could drive home every day for lunch. Every time he drove home at 11:00 o‘clock, he found many cars outside his house and there was no room for his own car. He had to drive somewhere else to park his car. Then he walked back home. This made him very angry.
He put up a board 5 metres away from his house, facing the road. The board said, ―No Parking‖. But nobody noticed it. People seemed to obey only a police notice with white letters on a blue board:
Mrs Brown asked his husband to steal a police notice but he was afraid to do so. Then she asked him to make one just like a police notice. Mr Brown said he was not the police and couldn‘t use the word ―police‖. Several days later, Mr Brown made a blue board with white letters. ―Oh!‖ Mrs Brown said.―You told me you weren‘t going
to use the word ?police‘, but why do you use it now?‖ ―Really?‖ he asked. ―Look again.‖ she started to laugh. ―You are really clever‖.
34. Mr Brown‘s office was ______ his house.
A. next to B. not far from C. 11 hours‘ drive from D. 5 metres from
35. Mr Brown was angry because ______.
A. he found no room to park his car outside his house
B. he had nothing to eat for lunch at home
C. he lost the way when he drove back home one day
D. he couldn‘t make a police notice outside his house
36. Mr Brown made ______ notice board (s) in all.
A. one B. two C. three D. no
37. We can infer(推断) that ______ after he put up the blue board.
A. more people will park their cars outside his house
B. more policemen will park their cars outside his house
C. fewer people will park their cars outside his house
D. fewer people will visit him at noon later on
Have you ever rubbed your hands together when they
get cold? Why do we do that? We do that for heat energy.
Friction happens when two things that aren‘t very
smooth rub together to make. The faster you rub two
things together, the more friction and heat you can make.
Let‘s discover friction!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
·Soap ·Water ·Your hands!
WHAT TO DO:
Make sure your hands are dry.
Rub your hands together until you feel the heat of your hands.
Now, use soap and water to get your hands very smooth.
Try to make friction happen while your hands are smooth.
Please write down what has happened.
Friction is an energy that happens when two things rub together. When friction happens, it makes heat! When your hands are slippery, they won‘t make very much friction and your hands won‘t get so hot.
DID YOU KNOW?
Friction happens when you stop your fast running bike.
Ancient people made fires by rubbing two pieces of wood together. Friction happened though they didn‘t know it.
Friction is everywhere. Have you ever noticed situations where friction is happening? If not, ask your parents to take you out in a car. If it is not hot, touch the tires (轮胎) of the car before and after a short drive to see how much warmer they get from friction.
38.This text is most probably .
A. a science report B. a car advertisement
C. a rubbing introduction D. a chemistry programme
39.What does the word ―friction‖ in this text mean in Chinese?
A. 摩擦 B. 冷却 C. 膨胀 D.震动
is not an example of friction.
A. Bike riding B. Car driving C. Hands rubbing D. Friction
41.What‘s the last column (栏目)？
A. THINK IT OVER! B. WHAT HAPPENED?
C. EVERTDAY ACTION: D. WORK WITH PARENTS!
Angela Chang(张韶涵) didn‘t know it would be so hard to turn singing into a career. She went to many different record companies. But she was always turned down for looking too young and small.
―I‘d never had such difficulties before,‖ Chang said. But Chang‘s talent was finally accepted in 2002. When she got a piece of work, she cried.
She soon became a star. Her first album Over the Rainbow sold very well. She won many awards.
―You wouldn‘t believe such a beautiful voice could come from such a small body,‖ said one musician after hearing Chang sing. ―She has a special voice. You can‘t forget it.‖
But the girl has other talents too. Chang is also an actress. She has played a role in the popular TV plays, My MVP Valentine and At Dolphin Bay. Many people remember her common-girl parts in the plays. But acting is difficult. Chang once acted so badly that she was nearly fired(解雇). Another time it took her 27 tries to get a scene right.
―I cried when I got back home,‖ Chang said. ―But I knew that I wouldn‘t always fail. You only fail when you give up.‖
Now with four albums behind her, Over the Rainbow, Aurora, Pandora and Flower in the Wonderland, it‘s clear that Chang and music were made for each other. As she sings in one song, ―I have a pair of invisible wings. They fly me to the skies and give me hope.‖
42. Many record companies refused to work with her because .
A. she looks very common B. she is too young
C. she doesn‘t sing very well D. she looks young and small
43. Which of the following is NOT right?
A. She won many awards for the album Over the Rainbow.
B. She has made four films.
C. One musician spoke highly of her.
D. She is not only a singer but an actress.
44. Although acting is difficult for her, she never gives up because ______________.
A. she is strong-minded B. people like her films
C. she is interested in acting D. she acted in the popular TV plays
45. Which do you think is the best title of the passage?
A. The Small Girl. B. Four Albums.
C. I have a Pair of Invisible Wings. D. A Poor Actress.